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Updated Nov. 23, 2013

2013 WBC Report  

  2014 Status: pending 2014 GM commitment

Chris Entwistle, PA

2013 Champion


Event History
2000    Daniel Broh-Kahn       48
2001    Jared Scarborough       84
2002    Daniel Karp       66
2003    Charles Blahouse       60
2004    Rebecca Hebner       60
2005    Chris Entwistle     130
2006    Sean McCulloch     125
2007     Jarett Weintraub     171
2008    Andy Latto     185
2009     Rebecca Hebner     166
2010    Sean McCulloch     177
2011    Eric Hufford     180
2012    Eric Hufford     211
2013    Chris Entwistle     205

Euro Quest BPA Event History
2003    Jeff Mullet     21


Rank  Name               From  Last  Total
  1.  Sean McCulloch      OH    11     76
  2.  Chris Entwistle     MD    13     70
  3.  Eric Hufford        PA    12     70
  4.  Rebecca Hebner      CO    10     68
  5.  Andy Latto          MA    09     61
  6.  David Meyaard       CT    12     48
  7.  Jared Scarborough   IL    04     48
  8.  Daniel Karp         MD    03     32
  9.  Eric Brosius        MA    09     30
 10.  Jarett Weintraub    NY    07     30
 11.  Daniel Broh-Kahn    MD    00     30
 12.  Laurel Stokes       NJ    04     26
 13.  Vidar Aas           no    13     24
 14.  Cally Perry         MA    08     24
 15.  Charles Blahouse    VA    03     20
 16.  Jeff Mullet         OH    03     20
 17.  Ewan McNay          NY    11     18
 18.  Laurie Wojtaszczyk  NY    11     18
 19.  Sam Atabaki         CA    09     18
 20.  Wayne Schmittberger PA    06     18
 21.  Bert Schoose        IL    05     18
 22.  Jeff Bakulchuk      NY    02     18
 23.  Thomas Tu           NJ    13     16
 24.  Tim Keating         IN    12     16
 25.  Lexi Shea           CT    08     16
 26.  Rob Kilroy          PA    02     13
 27.  Yoni Weiss          NJ    13     12
 28.  Bradley Raszewski   MD    12     12
 29.  Joe Yaure           PA    10     12
 30.  Rick Dutton         MD    05     12
 31.  Nate Hoam           OH    04     12
 32.  Doug Galullo        FL    03     12
 33.  Richard Sciacca     FL    02     12
 34.  Larry Kratz         ID    00     12
 35.  Steve Raszewski     MD    11      9
 36.  Kevin Wojtaszczyk   NY    10      9
 37.  Richard Fetzer      NY    09      9
 38.  John Conlon         OK    07      9
 39.  Paul Weintraub      MD    06      9
 40.  Brian Addison       VA    05      9
 41.  Gordon Aickin       uk    00      9
 42.  Ewan McNay          NY    13      8
 43.  Mark Crescenzi      PA    12      8
 44.  Sue Ellsworth       IL    08      8
 45.  Carol Caler         PA    03      8
 46.  Joshua Cooper       MD    03      8
 47.  Joshua Garton       VA    01      8
 48.  Nick Kramer         PA    10      6
 49.  John Corrado        VA    09      6
 50.  Sam Brosius         MA    07      6
 51.  Ivan Lawson         MD    06      6
 52.  Jeff Gardner        MD    03      6
 53.  Debbie Gutermuth    TX    03      6
 54.  Jordan Ludwick      NJ    01      6
 55.  Fearghal Donnor     ie    00      6
 56.  Lissa Rennert       MD    13      4
 57.  Laura DeWalt        MD    12      4
 58.  Malinda Kyrkos      NY    08      4
 59.  Kathy Stroh         PA    03      4
 60.  Yoel Weiss          NJ    11      3
 61.  Meghan Friedmann    MA    10      3
 62.  Winton Lemoine      CA    07      3
 63.  Claire Brosius      CT    06      3
 64.  Jeff Power          MI    05      3
 65.  Rob Flowers         MD    02      3
 66.  Anthony Rubbo       PA    00      3
 67.  Peter Reese         VA    04      2
 68.  Paul Gaberson       PA    03      2
 69.  Eric Hymowitz       MD    01      2

2013 Laurelists                                                  Repeating Laurelists: 0

Vidar Aas, no

Thomas Tu, NJ

Yoni Weiss, NJ

Ewan McNay, NY

Lissa Rennert, MD

Past Winners

Daniel Broh-Kahn, MD

Jared Scarborough, IL

Daniel Karp, MD

Charles Blahouse, VA

Rebecca Hebner, CO
2004, 2009

Chris Entwistle, MD
2005, 2013

Sean McCulloch, OH
2006, 2010

Jarrett Weintraub, NY

Andy Latto, MA

Eric Hufford, PA

"SRO" takes on new meaning during a Lost Cities heat ..

... and if you're lucky you might even get a table and chairs.

Changes? What Changes? ...

At the conclusion of our last thrilling chapter of Lost Cities: The AAR, your GM threatened ... er, promised that 2013 would bring changes. In the spirit of 'go whole hog,' 'all or nothing,' 'never steal anything small,' 'swing for the fences,' 'All in,' 'going all the way,' ... or any other adage connoting maximum effort that you'd care to employ, your writer decided that 2013 changes would be sweeping and all-encompassing rather than downloaded in a piecemeal death of a thousand bytes. Everything on the table. Even the baby (game itself) was in danger of following the bath water. Just kidding, but, now that I have the larger percentage of your multi-tasking attention, I will devote the remainder of this paragraph to answer those who asked: A) Why changes? - Because larger numbers of participants dictated clearer and more inclusive means of advancement, and a more efficient method of event administration (GMspeak). And B) Why these changes?

1) Score sheets -- old score sheet was generally tolerated by most players; new score sheet has some color for separation, and appears to have been accepted by most as easier to follow. Score sheets on different colored paper and in numbered folders allow a quick visual for number of sheets distributed for each heat/round.

2) Sign-in -- old method was medieval and quaint until LST numbers began to break 200 per year, so we enhanced a master list of past players and incorporated the WBC numbers, already assigned and unique to each individual registrant. Major casualty -- the little LST numbers which some players kept from year to year as souvenirs. Result -- Lines moved significantly faster in all heats. The future addition of a computer program for sign-in and, possibly, pairing opponents should further streamline this part of the event.

3) Pairing -- minor tweak was adding symbols to the back of playing cards to refine search for assigned opponent. Jury is out on this tweak. I will try to explain the procedure better next year. To those who have questioned my method of pairing, let me briefly explain that my primary purposes are to ensure random assignment overall, and to prevent family and frequent opponents from playing each other in the heats as much as humanly possible. In nine years, I can recall changing opponents no more than three times -- once due to mutual animosity and the others because they regularly played each other at home.

4) Advancement -- Left the big boy for last. In my opinion, open competitive events should offer the possibility of advancement out of the heats to at least one quarter but no more than one third of the registered field. I believe that this serves the integrity of the competition as well as offers a reasonable number of players who are neither ranked or professional, a chance to advance. LST has only advanced 32 players to the SE rounds since 2005 which is way below the range I quoted in reference to our numbers, and a very narrow window when considering that more than 200 players have participated during each of the last two years. I have wanted to add to the advancement track, but the biggest obstacle has been the fact that LST is a 2-player game. For an obvious example, 25 players can advance to five 5-player tables for the semi and send five winners to a Final -- a total of two rounds. LST requires a total of five rounds to filter out 32 players. So, by employing past statistics, I figured that I could predict the advancement of no more than 64 players (creating a sixth round), if I reduced the heats from four to three and allowed any player with two or more wins to advance. A corollary concern was maintaining LST as one of few events that allowed weekend attendees a chance to advance as well as giving week long attendees another shot, so the third heat was split into two games with only the winners of the first game able to play in the second game, in order to get that second win. All of this was still a gamble, because I did not know how many would advance -- all I knew was that if it exceeded 64, then I was looking at seven rounds, and I might have to address an odd number. Well, the three heats arrangement appeared to work as we had less double winners than in previous years with four heats. 54 qualified to advance and two withdrawals left 26 pairs for Round 2. My published plan to use defeated players to fill subsequent rounds having an odd number of players worked this year, but contains flaws and will not be used next year. Check the Preview for 2014, but, at this time, I believe that I will return to advancing single winners to fill an odd number. I may simply fill to 64, but have to run numbers before making a final decision. Those who offered an opinion generally liked the new format. One player took exception, but I believe that was due to a general misunderstanding of the third heat provisions.

OK, lets get to the brass tacks for 2013. Heat 1 seated 69 pairs. Heat 2 handled 64 pairs. Game 1 of Heat 3 attracted 55 pairs (lower than I expected), and 19 pairs stayed for Game 2. The numbers for Game 2 were less than half of Game 1 because some of the Game 1 winners had achieved their second win and didn't need to play again. Chris Entwistle, who will appear again in this narrative, posted the high individual score of 326. Katie Breza was the only other player to score more than 300. The closest game was also the best defensive struggle as Virginia Melton defeated Drew DuBoff 63 to 62. There were no margins of two points. Four contests were decided by three points: Tom Lind - Steve Packwood 155-152, Randy Buehler - Thomas Tu 100-97, Derek Glenn - Kevin Breza 83 -80, and Claire Brosius - Chris Kalmbacher 132-129. Seven players scored less than ten points with one managing to finish with -61. Some have asked me how I determine the parameters for these categories. High/low score and close game are fairly self-explanatory. To me, a defensive struggle is achieved when two players combine for no more than125 points with a margin of victory no greater then 20 points. A slugfest occurs when the players combine for 450 or more points with a margin of victory no greater than 20% of the total. With this in mind, the defensive struggle this year other than the one already mentioned was Chris Entwistle (59 )vs Mary Ellen Powers (45). The slugfests were Katie Breza - Ginger Thompson 311-283, Mark Bickel - Jean Younkin 277-182, William Hoch - Ted Lange 260-194, and Akihisa Tabei - Antony Saccenti 268-196.

This year we awarded plaques to fourth place. The four who outlasted the field were Thomas Tu, Chris Entwistle, Yoni Weiss and Vidar Aas. Thomas drew good cards in all three hands and was able to defeat Yoni for third place. 14 points separated Chris and Vidar after two hands. At one point, there was a long pause which the spectators mistook for tense deliberation when actually each thought that it was the other player's turn. It earned a good laugh from all. Chris ultimately took the measure of the Norwegian by a 127 - 110 score to take his second LST championship.

One parting observation: I've heard it said by some that LST is a game where luck plays a larger role than skill. No doubt that is true to some extent, especially in comparison to other favorites those same observers may care to name. However, the appearance of four two-time champions in the 14-year history of an event now drawing in excess of 200 players annually would argue otherwise. The presence of so many double winners would argue against the "lottery" appellation earned by many of the larger mega-drawing events. Either that, or we have some very lucky players and I'd be interested in investing in their next lottery ticket purchase.

Again, my thanks to all who played this year, and my hope to see you next year. Special thanks to my daughter, Shea, for all of her help before, during and after, and to Gary J. Schaefers for his help with registration during the first heat. Also, all LST players should recognize Chris Entwistle for his technical computer help in trying to bring LST registration into the 21st Century. See you next year.

Thomas Tu and Yoni Weiss meet in a battle for third in the consolation match after losing in the semifinals.

GM Lawson watches his finalists as Norwegian Vidar Aas attempts to prevent Chris Entwistle becoming our fourth two-time champ.

 GM      Ivan Lawson [9th Year]   NA
    lawsonic@comcast.net    NA 

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